Thursday, December 15, 2011

Corner Brewery Hosting: Growing Hope's Indoor Farmers’ Markets

Written by  Patti Smith
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Corner Brewery Hosting: Growing Hopes Indoor Farmers' Markets

I have long pictured Great-Grandma Siegel, in the hereafter, cracking up over the “local” food movement. To her, it was just what it was. You grew it in the spring and summer, put it up in the fall, ate it in the winter. It was all local.

For many reasons, we lost those ideals in just a few generations. Thankfully, those “old fashioned” ideas having come roaring back these past few years. Of course, I am quite thankful for local beer, but also for local foods! During these long winter months, the Corner Brewery is hosting Growing Hope’s Indoor Farmers’ Market.

When I first heard about this, I was a little skeptical; you see, I feared that the only offerings would be some root vegetables and maybe some baked goods. Oh SNAP, as they say. I was schooled, big time. When you first walk into the market, you are greeted with the Ypsilanti Food Co-Op’s table, and the always lovely and friendly Lisa Bashert. They had vegetables, bread and baked goods. Next to them were gluten-free goodies and crafts. (God I wish I could craft!). Harvest Kitchen was there (I bought kimchee), B-52’s had coffee, there was homemade popcorn (grown in Michigan), jam, crackers, Locavorious frozen food CSA (picked up my share from my pal, Rena Basch) and, of course, plenty of root veggies.

If you hurry scurry, you can still catch one more of these cool events! It is happening next Tuesday (December 20th). Bring some cash (or buy tokens like I did), grab some beer and shop local! I can kind of imagine Great-Grandma Siegel going to something like this back in the day. Only she didn’t get to drink beer while doing it! Now, Great-Grandma Kerezi, the one who made booze in her bathtub, well, she’s a different story….

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti “TeacherPatti” Smith lives in Ann Arbor with Boyfriend Ken, her dog Buddy and her stepcats Ali and Cyrus. She is a special education teacher by day, local history buff and brew drinker by night (see the hybrid history/beer blog at She also loves watching most Detroit sports on TV, boxing, brewing beer, storytelling, board games and recently wrote a middle grade/YA book that she hopes to convince a publisher to publish! Meantime, she is working on a book about the history of downtown Ann Arbor for Arcadia publishers. Her favorite beer styles include Russian Imperial Stout, pumpkin beers, Kolschs and most things with peppers in them.